Arsonists target Spark cell tower, customers lose service

A cell tower.
A cell tower. Photo credit: Getty

An arson attack has caused an outage for some Auckland Spark customers after a cell tower was targeted on Thursday morning.

The telco says it's the second arson event that has caused an outage in the area.

It says the acts of vandalism are outrageous, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Spark has been working with police about threats made to some of our cell sites, as well as some instances of arson," a spokesperson told Newshub.

"Generally damage has been fairly negligible, but this is the second event which has caused an outage in the surrounding area. The incidents have all been reported to the police who are investigating, and we are working to monitor the sites and protect our people."

A temporary cell tower is being installed on Friday to continue coverage until the damaged tower can be repaired.

Protesters have targeted 5G cell sites recently, some mistakenly believing them to be the source of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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